Russian jets began the air campaign of their mission to eradicate the Islamic State. ISIS, as it’s also called, has been in Syria for some time. Syrian President Assad requested assistance in taking on ISIS as he is also fighting the rebels at the same time. Russian President Vladimir Putin has been getting troops and aircraft ready to take the fight to ISIS. Today the Russian Parliament gave Putin the go ahead to begin the Airstrikes. This approval was unanimously arrived at and it didn’t take Putin long to begin the fight.
The first Airstrikes took place around the city of Homs. Prior to the airstrikes the Russian government did warn the United States of what was about to begin. They told the Americans to stay out of Syrian airspace while the fighting took place. The Americans have said that their airstrikes will also take place as usual. So what we have here are two countries trying to get the upper hand in the fight to take out ISIS but some fear that both are going to try to give either Assad or the rebels the upper hand.
Russia has been supplying Assad with assistance and the U.S. have been giving assistance to the rebels. The problem here is that the U.S. have been sort of slacking off with the assistance to the rebels since they were accused of helping to arm ISIS. This coming from Vladimir Putin when he was speaking in New York earlier in the week.
Putin and President Obama were able to squeeze some time in when both were in attendance at the opening of the 70th session of the United Nations. Putin spoke very openly when it came to Syria. He told Obama that Russia was going to be more involved with eliminating ISIS but some do feel that the rebels could also be in the Russian sights. Obama listened but offered little. The two countries were reported to agree on more talks with their defense ministers. In other words with today’s actions Russia just took the lead in the Syrian Civil War and the fight against ISIS.